By Annie Kearns
Take care of your body, it’s the only one you have. This is why it is SO important and how you can make yourself a priority.
Naturally, there’s a lot of talk about the importance of mental health and while it’s important to understand how we function internally, as we get older we have to place the same amount of focus onto our body.
A lot of people have a sedentary existence. We work in offices where we sit down all day, come home and watch television, stay up all night with Netflix, and naturally, after a while, this doesn’t just impact how we sleep, but it has a certain knock-on effect in every aspect of our lives.
How to Prioritize Self-Care
Our body is crucial and we have to remember that as humans, we evolved to be mechanical in nature. We evolved to run away from threats, and used our body to swing from trees and so forth!
And this means that while we are most definitely prioritizing our mental health, we’ve got to ensure that our body takes pole position as well. How can we do this?
Give It The Time That It Needs
We spend a lot of time sat in chairs, traveling on trains, and just sitting in unnatural positions. This means that we need to give our body the time that it needs to decompress.
And if we end up sitting in a hunched position for a lot of our lives, we need to try to get back to some sort of tribal position or improve our posture. This can help us, not just to walk better but also feel more relaxed. It’s about tackling our body and fixing the individual issues we have.
In one respect it might very well be that we have tension in certain areas of our body and this is where spa treatments can work wonders. You can find out more about spa treatments pretty much anywhere but also, when you start to figure out where your individual problems are, you are going to eradicate them and feel better with a bit more happiness on your shoulders.
It may sound a little bit hippy-dippy, but giving your body the chance to decompress, especially if you’ve got postural problems, will help you feel better. A good example would be using the opportunity to hang from a pull-up bar every now and again because this can help to reset your shoulders and spine so your posture will improve
Make Sure You Rest
It’s obvious, but amazingly, there are so many of us who don’t have adequate downtime. It’s not just about relaxing, but it’s about ensuring that we have proper sleep.
These days, we are bombarded with information, so we don’t necessarily have the opportunity to rest and relax because we feel like we have missed something. Making sure that you rest means you will have a better chance of being healthier, not just because a lack of sleep has a direct impact on things like cancer and heart disease, but having a good night’s rest means that your body is able to recover, and your mind is able to process the thoughts of the day.
As such, having proper rest is really one of the best things you can do for your body. These days, there is more of a priority on sleep, especially as it is viewed as an epidemic, but because we feel like we’ve got to do so many things, there is not an opportunity to actually rest.
We need to put aside those 8 hours every night, not just for lying in bed watching TV, but actually relaxing, and drifting off. We can have a proper bedtime routine if this helps, but if we give our bodies and our brains the opportunity to rest, we will learn to focus, feel happier, and naturally, we won’t feel so tired.
It can seem pretty obvious, but we have got to remember that our body doesn’t necessarily need overly complex hacks in order to thrive. Our body is a machine, and yes, while there is a psychological barrier to something like getting fit, once we get to the point where we start to exercise a little bit more we feel better, in a mental sense.
A lot of people feel really groggy but then as soon as they exercise, they are fighting fit all over again. It’s something that we don’t necessarily need to do all the time, but even medical specialists say that if you can get to the gym twice a week you will see benefits for decades to come.
Prioritizing the health of your body shouldn’t be a difficult thing, but what’s important is that you incorporate it into a routine in your life where it doesn’t become a challenge.